About the American University in Cairo Press

50 Years of Publishing Excellence

The American University in Cairo Press, founded in 1960, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Today the leading English-language publishing house in the Middle East, its goals and purposes reflect and support the mission of The American University in Cairo in education, research, and cultural exchange, through professional publishing programs and international bookselling services.


AUC Press Publishing Programs

The AUC Press publishes annually up to 60 wide-ranging academic texts and general interest books on ancient and modern Egypt and the Middle East, as well as Arabic literature in translation, for distribution worldwide, and maintains a backlist of more than 900 high-quality scholarly, literary, and general interest publications, including e-books. Through its bookstores and distributors in Egypt and abroad, the AUC Press sells more than 500,000 books every year and licenses foreign editions of Arab writers in 40 languages, including the works of the late Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and international bestseller Alaa Al Aswany.

Today the AUC Press publishes books in twelve main categories:

Arabic Language Learning

Archaeology & Ancient Egypt

Art & Architecture

Business, Economics, and Environmental Studies

Coptic and Islamic Studies

Egypt Guidebooks

Fiction in Translation


Literary Criticism

Middle East Studies

Middle East Travel

Naguib Mahfouz

“The American University in Cairo Press is the Arab world’s top foreign-language publishing house. It has transformed itself into one of the leading players in the dialog between East and West, and has produced a canon of Arabic literature in translation unmatched in depth and quality by any publishing house in the world.”—Egypt Today


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